The Nasarawa state governor, Tanko Almakura, has reaffirmed his stance on diversification of the state economy in line with the Federal Governments initiative.
The governor made his position known when he inspected the Karu international Market.
The governor believes that the provision of a conducive environment will enable businesses to thrive and in turn scale up its revenue base.
He said, “Our diversification initiative has commenced and it is not limited only to agriculture and solid minerals. This diversification, we are carrying it further to commercial activities where the conducive commercial atmosphere will be provided for all categories of traders.
“Our focus is to align ourselves with the vision of Mr. President of providing for every citizen the opportunity to earn a living without having to depend on the government for everyday need”
The governor also used the opportunity to evacuate traders occupying sidewalks and corridors of the Karu international market, a move he says is to reduce gridlock within the axis of the federal capital territory, Abuja and to make the area devoid of unwanted wastes.
“We are evacuating all the traders along the corridor of Mararraba right from the Karu international market up to the boundary with the federal capital territory. That will ease transport and traffic administration within this artery.
“Secondly, we will reduce congestion and clumsy atmosphere that daily churn out waste that menace the entire environment. By the time we take all these petty traders along the setbacks of the road, the road will be motorable not only for traffic to move freely but also free of waste and dirt,” he said.